Back from the break and The Fiend is in the ring. The red lights are still covering the ring and the menacing sound is playing over and over. Alexa Bliss is down on the mat. The Fiend stands over as she looks up frightened. The Fiend backs up and crawls to Bliss now. The Fiend slowly raises his arm like he did last week. He looks to deliver another Mandible Claw but this time Bliss grabs his arm and stops him. She looks up at him and caresses his face. The Fiend stops her and backs off, apparently frustrated with how she’s getting to him.
WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman appears on the big screen as Wyatt backs off from Bliss. Strowman doesn’t give a damn about Bliss, he just wants The Fiend. Strowman goes on about how different he is coming out of the Swamp Fight. Strowman says since The Fiend is in the ring, he’s looking at the most evil son of a b—h that the world has laid eyes on. Strowman tried to resist and fight it but he’s at his breaking point. What has been building inside of him is coming out, the evil. Strowman goes on, talking like some kind of monster now. He says he is more than a man, he is the thing that nightmares are made of. He is the The Monster. Strowman says The Fiend can have whatever he wants at SummerSlam. Strowman tells The Fiend to face his fears… face the monster. Strowman continues breathing heavy as The Fiend looks on from the ring, apparently in approval. We get flashes of The Fiend as SmackDown goes to commercial.
SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Nikki Cross vs. Bayley
We go to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes Nikki Cross with Alexa Bliss. Cross hits the ropes and runs wild as Bliss claps at ringside. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Cross waits, ready for her shot. The music hits and out comes WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions & SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley with partner Sasha Banks. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton. The crowd boos Bayley as she taunts Cross.
The bell rings and Cross goes for Bayley but Bayley dodges her. Cross is ready to fight. They go to lock up but Bayley kicks instead. Bayley works Cross over. Cross beats her into the corner and climbs up, mounting her with right hands as Bliss applauds. Cross with a dropkick into the corner. Cross with more offense, sending Bayley across the ring. Bayley looks to come back. Cross goes for the neckbreaker but it’s blocked. Cross capitalizes and tackles Bayley with strikes. They go on at the ropes now.
Cross sends Bayley to the floor, then stares her down. Cross follows and blocks a right hand. Cross decks Bayley and slams her into the edge of the apron a few times. Cross brings it back in and nails a dropkick. Bayley turns it around and decks Cross. More back and forth now. Cross takes back control and sends Bayley into the ring post, sending her down to the floor. Cross with a big crossbody. Cross stands tall on the outside, yelling out as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bayley is in control in the middle of the ring. Cross tries to fight up and out but Bayley slams her by her hair for a 2 count. Bayley works Cross over and takes it back to the corner. Bayley with a back suplex for a 2 count as Banks looks on from ringside. Bayley with more offense in the corners now. Bayley charges but Cross moves and Bayley hits hard in the corner. Cross mounts offense now, working on the ribs.
Cross charges and hits a crossbody in the middle of the ring for another 2 count. They tangle and chase some more. Bayley ends up dropping Cross on the apron. Bayley runs back in as Cross leaps off the apron but lands on the floor. They bring it back in and Cross drops Bayley in the center of the ring for a 2 count. The referee sees that Cross has the “BOSS” ring that has been used in the past. Cross throws it out to the floor and Banks yells at her because of how expensive the ring is. Cross drops a suplex but Bayley kicks out at 2. We see the ring laying out on the floor after Banks tried to pass it to Bayley and it back-fired.
Cross gets dropped again. Bayley goes to the announce table and mocks Cross but here comes Cross with more offense. Banks gets dropped off the apron by Bliss. Cross dropkicks Banks through the ropes. Cross goes back to the top rope and hits the crossbody on Bayley but Bayley rolls through for a 2 count. Cross with a 2 count of her own. They tangle some more and Bayley kicks out at 2. Cross ducks a clothesline and back-slides Bayley for 2. Bayley comes right back and drops Cross on her face for the pin to win.
After the match, the music hits as Bayley recovers with Banks and we go to replays. Banks and Bayley head to the stage with all the gold as Bliss checks on a disappointed Cross in the ring. The music stops as the champs exit to the back. Cross slowly gets to her feet as the crowd cheers her on. Bliss apologizes and tries to talk to Cross but Cross isn’t feeling it. Cross shoves Bliss to the mat and walks off to some boos. Bliss is left alone in the ring. The lights suddenly go out. They come back on and the familiar red glow is over the ring while the eerie horror sound is playing over and over. The Fiend is standing behind Bliss in the ring. He circles her as she looks up from the mat, terrified. The Fiend kneels down in her face and stares at her. He raises his hand for the Mandible Claw. The Fiend slowly brings his hand back down and puts the Claw in Bliss’ mouth as the boos begin. The Fiend takes Bliss to the mat with the Claw and we go black again. SmackDown on FOX goes off the air.
We go right to the ring and out come the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions – Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Banks is still in possession of Asuka’s RAW Women’s Title belt. We see how she got the belt during The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules. We also see how Bayley retained over Nikki Cross at Extreme Rules last Sunday.
Banks and Bayley go on about how great they are. They declare that the Women’s Evolution is over. It started with them and is ending with them. They introduce a new era – the era of Sasha Banks and Bayley. They go on running their mouths and taunt fans at home, saying they’ll never be as good as them. The music interrupts and out comes Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. Cross is furious. She yells at Banks and Bayley about what they’ve done, and says their era is already over. Banks and Bayley taunt her. Bliss isn’t so sure about this because Cross is wild and carrying on. Cross mentions having cracked ribs from Extreme Rules. She goes on and wants a title shot. Now. Bayley jokes around some more, calling them sheep. She says she won at Extreme Rules fair and square, but she wants to do what’s right.
Bayley announces that Cross can have a title shot if she beats a former champion, a future Hall of Famer – Bliss. The winner will earn a title shot on next week’s show. Cross and Bliss exchange looks. Cross hesitates and says they’ve got to do this. She shoves Bliss down on the stage and then marches to the ring as Bliss looks on. We go to commercial.
#1 Contender’s Match: Nikki Cross vs. Alexa Bliss
Back from the break and Alexa Bliss is in the ring with Nikki Cross. Sasha Banks and Bayley join Cole and Graves for commentary. Back and forth to start the match.
Bliss and Cross trade holds and keep it friendly early on. They go back & forth on the mat now, then break after going back to their feet. The crowd applauds. They go at it again and Bliss drops Cross with a shoulder first. Bliss charges but Cross nails a few arm drags. Cross grounds Bliss in the middle of the ring now as the crowd rallies some. They go into the corner and Cross blocks a shot and she’s not happy with Bliss trying to take advantage. They tangle in the corner some more and both avoid DDT attempts.
Cross rocks Bliss with a big shot and gets fired up now. Cross runs wild with several takedowns. Cross with a splash and more in the corner. Cross with a running bulldog out of the corner for a 2 count. Banks and Bayley are extremely annoying on commentary.
Bliss turns it around and sends Cross to the floor. Cross traps Bliss in the apron cover but it backfires and Bliss kicks Cross away. Banks and Bayley stand up at the announce table and shout at the competitors like a couple of fools. Cross and Bliss thankfully attack them and knock them down. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bliss slaps Cross while she’s on the apron holding on. Bliss rocks Cross and sends her back to the floor. Bliss runs and slides, kicking Cross back in front of the announce table where Banks and Bayley are. Bliss brings it back in and unloads on Cross in the corner. Bliss grounds Cross in the middle of the ring. Bliss keeps control and works on the hurt ribs some. They end up on the floor again and Bliss rams Cross into the barrier. The referee counts and Cross makes it back in. Bliss continues to dominate but can’t put Cross away.
Bliss with a shoulder to the gut in the corner. Banks and Bayley continue their extremely obnoxious schtick on commentary. Bliss grounds Cross and works on the arm as the crowd rallies. Cross finally mounts some offense for her comeback. Cross knocks Bliss into the corner and unloads. Cross slams Bliss into the top turnbuckle several times. Cross goes up for a tornado DDT but Bliss counters and sends her to the mat. Bliss ends up hitting the big sunset flip powerbomb out of the corner for a 2 count. More back and forth now. Bliss climbs up but Cross cuts her off.
Cross goes for a superplex but Bliss hangs on. Bliss sends Cross to the mat. Bliss jumps but has to land on her feet as Cross moves. Cross comes right back and drops Bliss for another close pin attempt. They trade moves in the middle of the ring and Cross drops Bliss with the inverted neckbreaker. Bliss kicks out at 2. Cross goes to the top for a crossbody but Bliss moves out of the way. Cross clutches her ribs and the referee checks on her. Bliss also tries to check on her but the referee backs her off. Bliss approaches again, possibly to check on Cross or to continue the match, but Cross takes advantage and takes her down into a roll-up for the pin to earn the title shot.
Winner and New #1 Contender: Nikki Cross
After the match, Cross recovers and stands tall. We go to replays. Bliss sits up and looks at Cross as her music plays. Banks and Bayley look on and taunt Cross from ringside. Cross vs. Bayley is confirmed for next week.
Time for A Moment of Bliss with Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. They talk a moment about the women’s evolution. Bliss then says she wants to look into the future a bit. She predicts Riddle will beat Styles, Strowman will beat Wyatt at Extreme Rules, and her mystery guest will tear the roof off on Sunday. Cross thinks it’s her, but it’s not. Out strolls Sasha Banks and Bayley, Bayley says Cross will be a failure on Sunday.
Bayley says about the women’s evolution, Bliss forgot to mention Bayley and Sasha Banks, and they were the foundation of that evolution, they built the ring they sit in. “You’re welcome,” Banks says. Bayley says after Sunday they will not only be the tag champions, but they will rule both SmackDown and RAW. Bliss says that’s nice and all, but they never let her announced her special guest. Out comes Asuka! Bayley and Banks decide to attack Bliss and Cross during Asuka’s entrance. Asuka runs to the ring and helps clear them out. Bliss says these four need to settle their issues and calls for a referee.
Asuka and Nikki Cross vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
Cross goes after Bayley, throwing her head-first into the turnbuckle a few times. She tries to do it again, it’s blocked, Bayley throws her into the corner. Cross dropped, cover, one-count. Banks tags in and swings away. Banks works over Cross and Bayley tags back in and she continues to beat up Cross. Official gets pulled away so Banks can slam Cross down to the mat. Banks tags in and Cross has no answer thus far as she’s kept in the wrong part of town.
Asuka is chomping at the bit to get in the ring as Bayley choke Cross. She’s finally able to break free, crawl between Bayley’s legs and tag Asuka. She lands a bunch of kicks on Bayley. Banks tries to get in and help, but Asuka runs over both women. Hip attack on Bayley, Banks with a hurricanrana, sending Asuka out of the ring. Banks looks for a baseball slide, Asuka pulls the ring apron out, Banks is trapped in it, Asuka beats her up. Cross tags in and keeps up the attack. Bayley tries her corner slide, falls into the same trap and gets beat up. Asuka and Nikki then drop their opponents and celebrate on the announce table.
Banks getting some momentum on Asuka, drops down on her, cover, two-count. Bayley tags in, Banks holds Asuka and Bayley throws a punch, cover, one. Asuka with a backslide pin, one, Bayley pops right back up and drops Asuka. Elbow drop, cover, two. Banks gets back, reverse chinlock, but Asuka starts to find some offense. Bayley gets in there and eats a knee to the face. Asuka finally tags out, clotheslines on Bank, shots to the midsection, dropkick, monkey flip, splash in the corner, bulldog, cover, two-count.
Cross off the top rope, misses, banks with basement dropkick, cover, two. Bayley back in, climbs to the top, Cross hits her and brings her down, but Bayley sends Cross out to the floor. Back in the ring, Asuka tries for a hip attack, misses, Banks sends her out to the floor. Banks tries for the meteroa off the apron, misses, eats a kick from Asuka. In the ring Cross tries for a tornado DDT, but Bayley counters with a pin attempt, Bayley puts her feet up on the ropes for leverage, and that will do it.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley via Pinfall
Backstage, Miz is trying to tell Morrison that Braun is “not so big and scary.” Miz says in every good horror film the hero comes out with the win after they slay the monster. Morrison says every hero also has a best friend, who can step up and help out if the hero can’t do it. Miz says he has no idea what Morrison is talking about, Morrison has this!
Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
We go back to the ring and out come the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions for the next non-title match – Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Nikki Cross suddenly jumps on Bayley’s back and attacks as soon as Bayley comes out to the stage. Banks assists but here comes Alexa Bliss to join in. We go to commercial as they all brawl.
Back from the break and the match is underway as Banks and Cross go at it. Banks beats Cross down and in comes Bayley. Bayley works over Cross and talks trash. More back and forth now. Bliss looks on while Cross is dropped again. Bliss gets the tag and they work over Bayley. Bliss and Bayley go at it now. Banks comes back in but Bliss keeps control and works on the arm. Cross comes back in and dropkicks Banks.
Cross mounts offense on Banks. Bliss tags back in and drops Bayley off the apron. Banks avoids the double team and goes to the floor to join Banks. Banks and Bayley yell at the announcers now while Cross comes from behind and taunts them with one of their titles. Cross and Bliss take the champs down in front of the announce table and pose together as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Bliss sends Bayley back to the floor but Banks assists and Bayley turns it around. Bayley brings it back in for a 2 count. Bayley goes on talking trash and taunting Bayley. Bliss counters for a roll up for a close 2 count. More back and forth between the two teams. Bayley taunts Cross on the apron and drops a clothesline into Bliss. Bayley yells at the referee now as Cross waits for a tag. Bayley rams Bliss back into the corner and prevents the tag. Banks tags in and they double team Bliss as Bayley launches her into a big slap from Banks. Banks covers for a 2 count and shows some frustration after Bliss kicks out again.
The crowd tries to rally for Bliss now as does Cross. Bayley chokes Bliss in the corner while the referee is distracted. Bayley tags back in and hits a suplex on Bliss for 2. Cross finally gets the hot tag and she unloads on both opponents. Cross with a bulldog to Banks out of the corner. Cross rams Banks into the turnbuckle and she goes down. Cross also drops Bayley on the apron. More back and forth between the two teams. Bayley comes in for a close 2 count on Cross.
Bayley blocks a tornado DDT from Cross but Cross comes right back with a neckbreaker for 2 as Banks makes the save. Bliss has Banks on the floor now, but Banks counters and launches her into the barrier to boos. This leads to Bayley taking advantage and rolling Cross up for the pin with her feet on the ropes.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
After the match, Bayley and Banks celebrate as their music hits. We go to replays. We see Bliss still down on the outside.
Back from the break and out comes WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley.
They brag about their past week but Banks doesn’t want to talk about the WWE NXT Great American Bash. They go on about how no one respects them around here, except for… The Undertaker! Bayley does an impersonation of Taker, recalling how he allegedly called her on her phone and thanked them for paying tribute to her. Taker allegedly went on about he can’t wait for Banks and Bayley to win at Extreme Rules, and how he wants WWE to pay tribute to them. Banks leads us to the tribute and we get a video package on The Golden Role Models.
We come back and out come Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross to the stage. The two teams have words in the ring now. Banks dismisses the idea that Cross could beat Bayley at Extreme Rules. Bliss goes to defend her but Cross speaks up and talks about becoming the next champion. Bliss ends up dropping Bayley. Banks talks Bayley into a match and Bliss accepts the challenge. Bayley doesn’t look thrilled. Back to commercial.
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss
Back from the break and Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss in a non-title match is underway. Bliss takes Bayley down first and keeps control as Sasha Banks and Nikki Cross look on from ringside.
Bliss keeps control and covers for a 2 count. Bliss drops Bayley again and drops knees on her, then hits a moonsault for a 2 count. Bayley catches Bliss in the corner and drops her into the top turnbuckle. Bayley goes to hang Bliss up on the second rope but Bliss counters and drops her. Bayley comes back with a kick to the fingertips on the apron. Bayley works on the arm some more and keeps Bliss down as the crowd boos. Bayley repeatedly slams Bliss’ arm in the corner now, then grounds her with another submission.
Bayley with another 2 count. Bayley grounds Bliss by her arm again as Cross tries to rally for Bliss. Bayley with another takedown before knocking Cross. Bliss rolls Bayley from behind for a 2 count. Bayley comes right back with a clothesline for a 2 count. Bayley leaps into the corner with an elbow. Bayley with more offense and taunting. Bliss drops Bayley with a big strike as Banks looks on worried.
More back and forth now. Bayley with a running clothesline to Bliss for another 2 count. Bayley taunts Bliss some more while she’s down. Cross tries to rally the crowd again. Bayley yells at her. Cross hits the apron but the referee warns her. Banks takes advantage of the distraction and decks Bliss from the apron. Cross ends up hitting Banks with a clothesline on the outside. Bayley yells out at Cross and Cross punches her. The referee calls for the disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Bayley
After the match, Cross gets in a few shots on Bayley but Banks pulls her to safety. Bayley joins Banks on the outside as Bliss’ music hits. Bliss and Cross stand tall in the ring and taunt the champs.
#1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way: Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross vs. Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans
Out come the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions to join Cole and Graves – Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. Alexa Bliss is out first for this Fatal 4 Way. The winner will challenge Bayley for her singles title at Extreme Rules. Nikki Cross is out next, followed by Dana Brooke. Lacey Evans is out last and she stops to taunt the champs at the announce table.
They all go at it to start. Bliss and Cross get taken to opposite corners and stomped away on. Cross and Bliss turn it around, trading opponents and taking turns. Cross and Bliss stand tall and hug in the middle of the ring now. Cross rolls Bliss up for a surprise 2 count and Bliss can’t believe it. They have some friendly words, shake hands and lock up to go at it. Evans ends up taking Bliss down on the floor. Brooke and Evans work on Cross in the ring but they break down and start arguing. They fight and take turns on Cross in the middle of the ring now.
Evans and Brooke stomp away on Cross in the corner some more. Brooke drops Evans with a shot from the side. Brooke with a springboard elbow on Cross and Bliss in the corner. Evans clotheslines Brooke. Evans with a double boots to Bliss and Cross in the corner for a 2 count on Bliss as Brooke breaks it up. Evans tackles Brooke and unloads on her.
More back and forth now. Brooke drops Evans and goes to the top for a big Swanton. She covers but Cross breaks the pin up. Brooke yells out about wanting the title, then slams Cross. Bliss finally comes back and drops Brooke after some offense for a pop. Bliss goes to the top for Twisted Bliss but Brooke gets her knees up. Cross dropkicks Brooke to the floor. Cross and Bliss surround Evans now but she strikes first and unloads on both of them. Cross sends Evans to the corner but misses a clothesline. Evans drops Cross and launches in from the apron with an elbow drop.
Brooke comes back in and charges at Evans but Evans rocks her in mid-move with a big Woman’s Right. Cross takes advantage and rolls Evans up from behind for the pin to earn the title shot.
Winner and New #1 Contender to Bayley: Nikki Cross
After the match, Cross celebrates with Bliss as the music hits. Bayley and Banks look on from ringside, taunting them. We go to replays. Cross continues to talk trash with Bayley from the ring.
We see Alexa Bliss, Tamina Snuka, Dana Brooke, Naomi and Lacey Evans somewhere in the back with a wrestling ring, talking about Sasha Banks and Bayley. Evans declares herself as Bayley’s new challenger. Dana says they all deserve the chance to knock some sense into those two. Bliss stops and asks where Nikki Cross and no one seems to know. They all look round and we go back to commercial.
We go back to Sasha Banks and Bayley with the announcers. They’re excited for next week’s party with Sheamus and Jeff Hardy. Nikki Cross suddenly attacks them both from behind. Alexa Bliss finally breaks it up. Cross enters the ring and she screams about wanting a fight. It looks like Bayley might be talking Banks into another match. Back to commercial.
Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross
Back from the break and Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross is underway.
Back and forth early on. Cross takes Banks back out and in, keeping control. Cross with a bulldog for a 1 count. Banks tries for a submission but Cross keeps fighting as Alexa Bliss and Bayley cheer their partners on. Banks grounds Cross now, putting a spine to her back. Cross shuts Banks down as he tries to catapult at her.
Cross goes to the top but Banks cuts her off and works her over. Cross slams Banks’ face into the turnbuckles over and over. Cross hits a sloppy tornado DDT for a 2 count. The crowd rallies now. Cross had the suplex blocked. More back and forth now. Banks rolls Cross over into the Bank Statement in the middle of the ring. Cross fights free and rolls Banks into a 2 count.
They get back up and go at it. Cross rolls Banks for 2. Banks with a 2 count of her own. Banks tangles some more and hits a Meteora out of nowhere for the pin to win.
Winner: Sasha Banks
After the match, Bayley joins Banks on the floor and checks on her. They stand tall together as Bliss and Cross look on from the ring. Banks and Bayley stand tall with the titles in the air as their music hits.